Barcelona are enduring their worst season run in 18 years.
Barca only have 23 points from 16 game weeks (one of which is postponed to play before Christmas, against Sevilla). The worst they have achieved since 2002-03, 18 years ago.
On that occasion Barcelona played week 16 in January 2003, with 22 points after beating Recreativo Huelva. The team had Louis van Gaal in charge but he was sacked and Radomir Antic came in to get to sixth place and UEFA Cup qualification.
The next season was not much better. Frank Rijkaard's side had 23 points after 16 weeks, but ended up turning it around to come second, with Valencia winning the title.